An Example of the Parliamentary Procedure Process

Types of Motions

Purpose of the Motion

Can you Interrupt the Speaker?

Is a Second Required?

Can it be Amended?

Can it be Discussed?

Can it be Reconsidered?

What is the Required Vote?

Fix time, place for next meeting close meeting no yes yes yes yes majority
To adjourn close meeting no yes no no no majority
To recess interrupt meeting no yes no yes --- majority
Question of Privilege assert rights yes no no no no chair
Order of the Day assert rights yes no no no no majority
Point of Order assert rights yes no no no no chair
Appeal decision of the Chair assert rights yes yes no yes yes majority
Object to Consideration prevent action yes no no no yes 2/3
Reading of Papers present information no yes no no yes majority
Widthrawal of a Motion prevent action no no no no yes majority
Suspend Rules speed up action no yes no no no 2/3
Divide Question simplify complex motion yes yes yes no no majority
Nominate elections no no no yes no majority
Parliamentary Inquiry clarify rules yes no no no no chair
Divide the Assembly count vote yes no no no no ---
Point of Information request information yes no no no no chair
Committee of the Whole consider informality no yes no yes yes majority
To Table delay action no yes no no no majority
Order Previous Question close debate no yes no no yes 2/3
Extend of Limit Debate speed (suppress) debate no yes yes no yes 2/3
Postpone to a Definite Time delay action no yes yes yes yes majority
Refer to Committee further study (delay) no yes yes yes yes majority
Amend modify action no yes yes yes yes majority
Postpone indefinitely prevent action no yes no yes no majority
Reconsider change a decision yes yes no yes no majority
Rescind (Repeal) change a decision no yes yes yes yes 2/3
Take From the Table renew discussion no yes no no no majority
Special Order of Business speed up action no yes yes yes yes 2/3
Discharge Committee speed action no yes no yes yes 2/3
Main Motions new business no yes yes yes yes majority